Out of 10 married couples, only one man shares household work with wife: Study
Women, just like their male counterparts, are taking on every role, be it politics, sports or entertainment industry. But when it comes to household jobs, their share is still more. As compared to their partners/husbands, the women of the present time do much more household work.
A research in this respect, as undertaken by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR), has shown that out of 10 married women, eight women undertake a lot more household work than their husbands. The number of husbands sharing the household work with their wives is much less. Out of 10 married couples, only one man helps wife in household affairs. Only 3% women spend just three hours or even less in one week in household work, whereas 50% women spend 13 hours in a week in such work.
According to this research, with time the pattern of household work has also been changing gradually. Eight out of 10 women, born in 1958, are immensely involved in washing clothes, and other related activities within a household. 70% women, born in 1970, are also involved in these works. There has been no change in their work pattern since long. Apart from office/job work, many women have a lot of pressure on them in terms of household work. Once they have children, this pressure increases tremendously.
Such pressure is too high on women in the rural areas, especially in the context of India. I think all men (rural or urban) should take this pressure on women seriously and share the household work with their wives. In case, the husband is the only income earner in the family, the wife takes happily the responsibility of household work and does it efficiently, otherwise it generates a lot of tension for her, and the life becomes very tough.